Amplify Taste, Aroma & Health with UV-A & UV-B

Amplify Taste, Aroma & Health with UV-A & UV-B

Alex
Alex
13 Nov 2015

Your plants are like people - they need a healthy, balanced, varied diet to thrive.

For healthier, happier plants, you need to expose them to more wavelengths of light than they'd get from a standard grow light.

What are Wavelengths of Light?

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The light spectrum is made up of lots of different wavelengths (colours).

 

What Wavelengths Do Grow Lights Use?

Plants tend to use wavelengths of 400nm – 700nm for growth – these wavelengths are known as the ‘PAR range’ (for Photosynthetically Active Radiation).

 

Most grow lights…

…emit wavelengths of light that are mostly from the PAR range (read more here…).

 

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However, plants also benefit from other wavelengths

Wavelengths outside the PAR range may not affect growth as much, but they play a vital role in plant health, specifically UV-A and UV-B.

While standard grow lights will emit some wavelengths of light outside the PAR range, it’s only a minimal amount.

 To really get the benefits of a wider spectrum, use a supplemental grow light.

 

  

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Supplemental grow lights…

…will allow you to broaden your light spectrum.

You’ll expose plants to more wavelengths of light outside the PAR range, including UV-A and UV-B.

You should never rely solely on a supplemental light. Always use them alongside your main grow light, to get a broader light spectrum, closer to that of actual sunlight.

What are the UV Wavelengths?

UV light is not visible, and has a wavelength of 200nm – 400nm

  • UV-C (shortwave, 200 – 280nm)

  • UV-A (middlewave, 280 – 215nm)

  • UV-B (longwave 315 – 400nm)
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How do UV-A and UV-B Enhance Plant Health?

1. Fruit and Flowers smell better and taste better

Plants grown under UV-A and UV-B emitting lights produce more:

  • Essential oils
  • Terpenes (smell)
  • Flavonoids (taste)

All of this enhances the aroma and taste of your plants. It’s just what you want if growing fruit and flowers.

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2. You’ll boost resistance to pests

Exposure to UV light, causes your plants to produce phytochemicals which boosts their resistance to pests.

While pesticides may harm your plants, UV light from a supplemental grow light won’t.  

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3. You improve medicinal properties

Believe it or not, it has been found that UV boosts the medicinal properties of plants.

Among other things, plants produce more flavonoids (which have anti-oxidative properties and boost vitamin D production).

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What About UV-C Light?

UV-C is actually harmful to humans. Our Gavita Plasma supplemental light have a special shielding in the glass that filters out harmful UV-C.

Which Grow Lights are Best for UV Light?

Most grow lights will release some UV light, but it’ll only be a minimal amount.

To get enough UV-A and UV-B for it to make a difference, you’ll need a supplemental light

Specifically, we recommend using a Gavita Plasma.

Your plants will be stronger, healthier, and yields will be greater.

Remember, you should never use a supplemental light on its own – always use it alongside your main grow light. We recommend using Gavita.

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Alex
Alex
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